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Re: Handbuch Deutsche Musiker 1933-1945

Post by Ivan Ž. » 28 Mar 2017 13:54

Hmm... Can't find anything at the moment unfortunately. There was (at least) one more purchase link, but it seems that it's inactive now. Hope the book will be available somewhere soon.

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Re: Handbuch Deutsche Musiker 1933-1945

Post by MarshallJones1970 » 29 Mar 2017 01:03

Thanks for the info, Ivan. :D Only time will tell.

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 10 Apr 2017 13:06

Several posts concerning the book "The Military Music & Bandsmen of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich 1933-1945" have been split-off into an older topic dealing with its author and his company.

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Entartete Musik

Post by nellylemerle » 26 Aug 2017 17:30

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Elise Petit; Bruno Giner
Entartete Musik
Musiques interdites sous le IIIe Reich
Bleu nuit éditeur, Paris, 2015

For those who read French, this book was published in 2015. Elise Petit and Bruno Giner wrote it for "grand public", i.e music amateurs with an interest in music in the Third Reich. It has a lot of illustrations.
From what I remember, chapter 1 is about music in the Weimar Republic, chapter 2 about the rise to power. They then have chapters on "degerate music", speaking also about the exhibit "Entartete Musik" in Düsseldorf (1938). One chapter is about the "official" musics, notably Wagner, Beethoven, Orff. The last chapter is a set of biographies of musicians who were victims of the regime.

A must have for French-readers who want an easy-reading panorama on the subject
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Die Schalmei

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[Schriften des Fritz-Hüser-Instituts für Arbeiterliteratur, Bd. 13]
Werner Hinze
Die Schalmei
Vom Kaisersignal zum Marschlied von KPD und NSDAP
Klartext, Essen, 2003

A well-researched work on a historically important music instrument used by both Communists and Nazis in their early days. (This piercingly loud instrument, which I had the misfortune of hearing live, was an excellent tool when one wished to be heard and send a music-message through the noisy streets.) In addition to the extensively researched text, this 330-page book also contains various images, of the instrument itself and the bands that used it; but what I personally found most useful (years ago, when I first read it) is the chapter "Analysis of the musical agitation of the RFB", including a discographical research on RFB bands, which I still check from time to time. (I'm sorry I forgot to recommend this book earlier.) The table of contents, by the way, can be found here.

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Die Gottbegnadeten

Post by TrommlerBO » 21 Nov 2020 20:23

Hello,
I also recommend the following reading:

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https://www.amazon.de/Die-Gottbegnadete ... 3887412907

"Die Gottbegnadeten" by Lorenz Porsch is a lexicon with a list of all artists who worked in the Third Reich. There are brief insights into the work of the musicians.

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Hermann Ludwig Blankenburg

Post by TrommlerBO » 22 Nov 2020 22:12

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https://www.amazon.de/Deutscher-Marschk ... 3867770557

The book "Deutscher Marschkönig Hermann Ludwig Blankenburg in seiner Zeit 1876-1956" by Gudrun and Hans-Joachim Blankenburg gives information about the life and work of the composer and in which phase of his life he composed which songs. Well-researched evidence (including from private archives) is also highlighted for the composer's personal events. For example, documents by Erich Honecker have surfaced showing that he wanted a record with Marches of Blankenburg from the International Blankenburg Association from West Germany.

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